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Creative uses of technology to Meet People at Your Next Conference

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It's not only what you know, it's who you know.

It's not only what you know, it's who you know.

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  • 1. 10 Creative Uses of Technology To Meet People At Your Next Conference Heading to a conference where you want to meet new people or connect with others you’ve been dying to meet? Get tech. Insight Innovation Taught Here
  • 2. Insight Innovation Taught Here 10 Creative Uses of Technology To Meet People At Your Next Conference It’s not just what you know, it’s who you know. Networking with people is a top reason to travel to another city or country to attend a conference like NetApp Insight. You’ll meet new people and catch up with the people you’ve been waiting to see all year. We know you’re here to learn about technology - so be sure to harness the latest networking tech to improve how you meet new people and build those relationships.
  • 3. Insight Innovation Taught Here 10 Creative Uses of Technology To Meet People At Your Next Conference Source: Ban.jo #1. Mobile Apps Apps like Banjo, a mobile technology that provides real time content discovery by location across all major social networks, helps you find out who in your social network is nearby. Connect with people you might know online but have yet to meet in real life.
  • 4. Insight Innovation Taught Here 10 Creative Uses of Technology To Meet People At Your Next Conference #2. Near Field Communication (NFC) Tags Skip the traditional business card and have your vCard ready to scan by other smartphones with NFC. Or, make friends with the people sitting next to you by giving them access to your WIFI network. If you really want to impress, use your NFC tag to pay for lunch.
  • 5. Insight Innovation Taught Here 10 Creative Uses of Technology To Meet People At Your Next Conference #3. Interview People You Meet Are you a blogger or looking for feedback on a product your company is developing? Introduce yourself to new people and ask them for a 30 second interview or quick video. To avoid sounding creepy, make sure people know what the video is going to be used for. Be prepared with a list of open ended questions. "
  • 6. Insight Innovation Taught Here 10 Creative Uses of Technology To Meet People At Your Next Conference Photo source MobileFun.co.uk #4. Be a Conversation Piece Stand out with something different. Bring a unique case for your equipment, a custom phone case with your Twitter handle or wear something eye catching like Google Glasses. Or bust out a unique tech device, like a foldable keyboard for your tablet or smartphone.
  • 7. Insight Innovation Taught Here 10 Creative Uses of Technology To Meet People At Your Next Conference Photo source TravelTechGear.com #5. Flash Drive Business Cards How long do you hold onto all of the business cards after a conference? You might keep a handful and toss the others. To make sure everyone keeps your business card, put your contact information on a flash drive. This way every time someone saves important business files they see you. "
  • 8. Insight Innovation Taught Here 10 Creative Uses of Technology To Meet People At Your Next Conference Source: iDigiTag.com #6. Digital " Name Tags Catch the attention of conference-goers with your digital name tag and strike up a conversation immediately. Many tags allow you to feature videos and hi-res images, QRC’s and of course your contact information.
  • 9. Insight Innovation Taught Here 10 Creative Uses of Technology To Meet People At Your Next Conference #7. Live Blog " & Tweet During the conference update your blog and Twitter with key takeaways, quotes and tips from the sessions. Take it a step further and tag people you meet in photos or tweet them up. Twitter is great for getting discovered and networking with strangers at an event. Don’t forget to hashtag it! #ntapinsight
  • 10. Insight Innovation Taught Here 10 Creative Uses of Technology To Meet People At Your Next Conference #8. Lanyrd.com, the Social Conference Directory Not sure who else is going to a conference? Lanyrd.com will tell you and help recommend other events from people in your network. From there you can meet up in real life, follow attendees on Twitter and track the event. Let everyone know you’re attending Insight Americas, speaking, organizing, or simply track the event here: http://lanyrd.com/2013/ntapinsight/
  • 11. Insight Innovation Taught Here 10 Creative Uses of Technology To Meet People At Your Next Conference #9. Dress " The Part Show off your love of tech with a fun t-shirt. You’re sure to get people commenting on it and kick off conversations with like-minded people. Photo source Errorwear.com
  • 12. Insight Innovation Taught Here 10 Creative Uses of Technology To Meet People At Your Next Conference #10. Power Down While technology can increase your networking power, it can also turn people off. Don't be that guy standing in the sidelines stuck to a screen. Unplug to engage with people in real life. Exchange contacts so you can Tweet, LinkedIn connect or find them on Google+ later.
  • 13. Insight Innovation Taught Here Learn about NetApp Insight Americas at: @InsightAmericas #NTAPinsight NetApp Insight Americas October 7-10, 2013 MGM Grand, Las Vegas Join the conversation: netapp-insight.com

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